NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, September 19, 2005

Mapping spam Posted by Mikko @ 06:14 GMT


The Mailinator is a service that provides throw-away email addresses you can use for web registrations - similar to spam.la.

So the system ends up getting lots of spam.

Now here's the cool part: they've created a realtime map using Google Maps to actually show you where the spam is coming from.

Or actually it shows the location of the proxy - ie. the grandmother whose home computer was taken over by Mydoom, Bagle, Mytob or any of the gazillion other viruses that install spam proxies as their payload.

Take a look at http://mailinator.com/mailinator/map.html